Vintage Hypocrisy By Tories On Post Office Closures Says MP

In the House of Commons on Wednesday Hastings and Rye MP Michael Foster accused the Conservatives of “vintage hypocrisy” when they proposed a motion to end Post Office closures. Continue reading Vintage Hypocrisy By Tories On Post Office Closures Says MP

We Told You So



Seven Local residents who were opposed to the building of the new Primary School on the site adjacent to the Thomas Peacocke Community College. They objected on the grounds that the present traffic problems in The Grove and Love Lane were chaotic enough already and were saying “We told you so” when a lorry damaged the Grove Crossing Gates. The gates were closed for at least two hours, between two and four in the afternoon of 21 April with resultant mayhem caused to traffic coming down from Deadmans Lane. Continue reading We Told You So

Three Cornered Election Fight

Three candidates were declared for the forthcoming Bye Election for a place on Rye Town Council. Continue reading Three Cornered Election Fight

The Longest Scarf In The World It Stretched For Half A Mile

Oliver Curd’s young life was cut short, following a long courageous fight against cancer, in November 2007. He was just nine years old.

On Saturday 19 April an amazing knitted scarf was rolled out on the pavements of the streets of Rye. It reached from the Landgate Tower to The Strand, a distance of 805 yards or 2,415 ft. A knitting expert worked out that there would be around 28 million stitches. The original hope was to reach along the length of the High Street but with the Northiam Willing Fingers Group working until their needles were almost melting with the heat and help in the form of six inch blanket squares arriving from all over Britain, the aim of the longest scarf in Rye was upgraded and now some are wondering could it be the longest scarf in the World?

The scarf will be dismantled and made up into blankets which will be given to a charity.

Oliver would have been proud of all the people, inspired by his brave struggle, who had contributed to the spectacular effort of knitting such a magnificent tribute to his memory. The knitters, led by Oliver’s grandmother Fay Curd, raised money that will be added to that of all the other funds raised in a variety of ways, including sponsored events like the recent Hastings Half Marathon when the Cur d family and friends ran accompanied by a Dalek (Oliver’s favourite programme was Doctor Who).

The Oliver Curd Trust is a charity which has been set up by Oliver’s parents, Richard and Sarah Curd, in Oliver’s memory to help other families affected by childhood cancer.

Oliver was diagnosed with a rare bone cancer, Ewings Sarcoma, in April 2006. He completed treatment at The Royal Marsden Hospital in March 2007 but unfortunately relapsed in June 2007 and lost his long, brave fight with the disease in November of that year.

For almost half a mile the hand knitted scarf wended its way through Rye. From the Strand via the Mint, High Street and Tower street to the Landgate and beyond.Salle2

The Mayor of Rye, Councillor Paul Osborne and Town Crier Rex Swaine were present for the occasion. Paul’s term of office is running out, this was one of his last engagements.

“Rye’s Own” May 2008

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The Oliver Curd Trust

Young Oliver Curd died in November 2007 having battled bravely against Ewing’s Sarcomo, a form of cancer. During his illness his parents, Richard and Sarah Curd, were supported by family and friends, by the Conquest and Royal Marsden Hospitals and by cancer charities. Continue reading The Oliver Curd Trust


Some very late news has just come in – Arthur Woodgate has, at last, got a pint of shrimps! The fishmonger at Jempsons Peasmarsh has found a source and from now on there will be shrimps next to the prawns on his slab. Continue reading Editorial

Hastings Pier- The Early Days


 Illustrated with pictures from Ion Castro’s collection

Hastings Pier was opened by the Earl of Granville, Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports on the fifth of April 1872, which coincidentally was the country’s first ever Bank Holiday. Work had started on the pier on the 18th of December 1869 by the famous engineer Eugenius Birch and was modelled on Brighton’s West Pier with its timber deck supported on columns of cast iron screw piles in rows of three, the outer columns angled for greater stability. Continue reading Hastings Pier- The Early Days


Dear Editor

As the one who wrote about Joe Hatter, I feel I must reply to Mrs Levett Fuller’s letter in the April edition of Rye’s Own.

The man at the bottom of Spring Steps was another Mr Hatter, Grandfather to John Hatter, the owner of the taxi firm of Rye Motors, and there was another Mr Hatter who lived on The Strand and also caught and sold shrimps, (all types of cousins even distant). Continue reading PEN & INK